Start Seeing Black Dogs Blog

Tuesday, June 10, 2008, 09:42 PM ( 88 views )  - Posted by Administrator
Do you have a black dog? Are you ready to get out and walk now that it's finally summer? We meet at Lake Calhoun to walk once a week, for fun, for exercise and to meet other dog owners.


WHO: Anyone with one or more black dogs


WHAT: A casual walk with our black dogs around Lake Calhoun, or as far as you want to go. We want to get a good sized group of black dogs walking the lake - eventually this will get attention! You don't see that everyday.


WHERE: Meet IN FRONT OF the Lake Calhoun Pavilion, by the picnic tables in front of the concession area.


WHEN: This Sunday, June 15th, 10:30 a.m.


WHY: Black dogs are often the last to be adopted and are euthanised in much larger numbers than other dogs. They are frequently overlooked by potential adopters may consider them to "plain," think that they appear more menacing, or they may simply not see them because thier darker color makes them disappear in their kennels. We want black dogs to become more visible and a little black dog herd marching around the lake is a step in the right direction. It's also a great way to get exposure for dogs awaiting adoption.


Future walk dates are planned at this time on Sundays, AT A NEW TIME 10:30 a.m. at Lake Calhoun unless we decide to switch it up a little. Lakes of the Isles, Cedar Lake, and Lake Nokomis - all could use a little black dog infusion.


FUTURE DATES: 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20. August dates will be posted soon!


Monday, June 9, 2008, 08:38 PM ( 66 views )  - Posted by Administrator
Ok, so the website doesn't have much on it yet - but wait, what's that? The website menu items have changed? As they say in Minnesota, you betcha’. When I say we’re working night and day I mean it. And others have jumped on board. As I sit here blogging, black dog lovers with expertise in the areas of public relations, branding, marketing, event planning and photography are hard at work to bring their pearls of wisdom to our website.


Why are our contributors doing this? Simply put, they love animals, dogs in particular and black dogs most of all. If you work or volunteer for a rescue group or shelter, our contributors want to help you promote the black dogs in your care. If you’re a member of the dog loving public, they want to inspire you – to volunteer, to tell others about Black Dog Syndrome and to consider adopting one of these wonderful, overlooked dogs.


So thank you for bearing with us while we add content, correct typos and reconfigure our menu bar. We promise, if you hang in there during this little adventure that we like to call “building a web site from scratch”, it will be worth the wait. And if you are one of those smart marketing-PR-branding-event planning people and you'd like to contribute your inspired ideas for increasing black dog adoptions, we’re all ears. Just to prove we mean it, if we use your content on the website we’ll be happy to post you bio and contact information. We may even throw in a few black dog kisses as a bonus.


Heather


Saturday, June 7, 2008, 11:12 PM ( 92 views )  - Posted by Administrator
Ever browsed the pet listings on PetFinder? How important do you think the photos are to potential adopters who are scrolling through page after page of dogs looking for the one that will win their hearts? Do the photos of the dogs in your care really stand out and attract the attention of their new forever family? Or do they get lost in the pack?


If a lighter colored dog can prove difficult to photograph, how about a black dog? Black dogs often pose a real challenge to the point-and-click photographer. Their darker hair makes their features harder to distinguish, and their often shiny black coats can cause harsh glare from the camera flash. And just try to get a fast, decent photo of a black dog in the cramped often poorly lit quarters at the local impound or shelter. What’s a photographer to do?


So how do you take a photo that will capture your black dogs in all their glory and increase their chances of adoption? Our new photo tip page, “Photographing Black Dogs 101” will tell you how to improve your pictures using nothing more than a point-and-shoot camera, even in the most difficult conditions. These simple tips will help you turn the most camera shy and hard to photograph pooch into a puppy super model! So get out that camera with confidence, and get ready to get your dogs noticed. Just go to http://www.startseeingblackdogs.com/phototips.html and get clicking!


Heather



Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 08:09 AM ( 78 views )  - Posted by Administrator
Who's tired of the rain? WE ARE! So grab your black dog and get down to the Lake Calhoun Pavilion this Sunday, June 8th at 10:00 a.m. and let's get walkin'! Don't let all the little cloud-and-lightening icons on the Kare 11 Weather page fool you. We're bound to get a semi-sunny hour or two Sunday morning.


WHO: Anyone with one or more black dogs or black foster dogs.


WHAT: A casual walk with our black dogs around Lake Calhoun, or as far as you want to go. We want to get a good sized group of black dogs walking the lake - eventually this will get attention! You don't see that everyday.


WHERE: Meet at the Lake Calhoun Pavilion.


WHEN: This Sunday, June 8th, 10:00 a.m.


WHY: Black dogs are often the last to be adopted and ate euthanised in much larger numbers than other dogs. We want black dogs to become more visible and a little black dog herd marching around the lake is a step in the right direction. It's also a great way to get exposure for dogs awaiting adoption.


Future walk dates are planned at this time on Sundays, all at 10:00 a.m. at Lake Calhoun unless we decide to switch it up a little. Lakes of the Isles, Cedar Lake, and Lake Nokomis - all could use a little black dog infusion.


FUTURE DATES: 6/15, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20. August dates will be posted soon!



Tuesday, June 3, 2008, 10:10 AM ( 201 views )  - Posted by Administrator
Black dogs are not adopted as often as other dogs? MSNBC recently featured an online article that said just that. If you are involved in animal welfare this is not news to you. What IS news is that large media outlets like MSNBC and The Associated Press as well as publications like BARK Magazine and Chicago's Daily Herald are featuring articles on the subject.


"Black Dog Syndrome" is what those involved in animal welfare have dubbed the lower rate of black dogs adoptions when compared to other dogs. The public is generally unaware that black dogs are often the last to be adopted and are euthanised in much larger numbers because people may consider them too “plain”, think they are menacing, or simply don’t notice them because their dark color makes them disappear in their kennels.


This news coverage should have rescue volunteers and shelter employees pumping their fists in the air and jumping for joy. With the increased media attention, this is the perfect time to leverage this free PR to increase your black dog adoptions. Consider adding some quotes from black dog related article to your adoption day display board. Have a few printed versions of the articles on hand to give to potential adopters. Add some quotes to the “kennel cards” on crates and kennels of your black dogs. Talk about black dogs on your website’s homepage and add links to articles. Include some information on Black Dog Syndrome at the bottom of a dog’s Petfinder profile – after you’ve highlighted specifically what makes them a wonderful dog, of course!


I’ve spoken to and received e-mail from dozens of black dog owners. Some were naturally attracted to black dogs and only learned later about the steep odds darker colored dogs face in shelters. For others, adopting a black dog was the last thing on their mind – that is until an enthusiastic rescue volunteer or shelter worker brought a wonderful black dog forward and sang their praises.


So does the public really not want black dogs? According to the owners who have contacted me, not so. They just needed someone who believed in the black dog to point them out, introduce them, and PROMOTE them. Maybe the question is really as rescue volunteers, could we be doing a better job of promoting the gorgeous black dogs in our care?


Many owners describe how life without their black dog is hard to imagine. They mention how chilling it is to think that their black dog who gives them so much joy might not have lived to be in their life. How they almost overlooked them because they were a “plain black dog.” We have an amazing opportunity to increase black dog adoptions and raise public awareness if we just get a little creative. Try it – the response may surprise you.


To read the full MSNBC article, go to http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23472518/

Heather


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